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  ABC    Nightline    News/Business. Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, Bill Weir.   
   (2013) Reports from Washington, D.C., on the 2013 State of...  

    February 13, 2013
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tonight on "nightline," gunfire and flames. a deadly gun battle in the mountains, part of the largest manhunt in lapd history. police corner the suspected cop killer wanted in a revenge-fueled shooting rampage. we've got the latest from california. making his case. he spoke, tens of millions listened. president obama on the nation's road forward in the first state of the union address of second term. and a hero betrayed? her courage saved lives during a massacre on a texas army base, so why is she now claiming president obama betrayed her and other victims?
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from washington, this is "nightline" with terry moran. >> hello, and thanks for joining us tonight. tonight, the massive ten-day manhunt that's captivated the nation erupted in flames. after surfacing for a deadly crime spree, christopher dorner, california police believe the ex-cop wanted in a revenge-motivated attack, barricaded himself in a cabin. while police believe he was inside, the smoldering wreckage has stopped them from entering. abc's cecilia vega has the latest. >> reporter: it was in this cabin deep in big bear mountain outside los angeles that the ten-day international manhunt for christopher dorner may have
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finally come to its grizzly end. but tonight, dorner's fate is still unclear. was the man accused of killing four-people, two of them police officers, among today's dead? after an intense standoff with police, the cabin went up in flames. whether he survived is unknown. the sheriffs say the house is too hot to search. >> we believe that the person that barricaded himself inside the cabin and engaged in gun tire with our deputies and other law enforcement officers is still inside there, even though the building burned, yes. >> reporter: the dramatic showdown began this afternoon. volleys of gunfire exchanged between officers and the man they believed to be dorner. formerly one of their own with a million-dollar bounty on his head, holed up inside this hillside cabin, all captured on
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camera by local station kcbs. earlier, dorner allegedly burglarized a nearby home, tied up two women and stole their vehicle. one of them reportedly broke free and called for help. the massive response witnessed by our los angeles affiliate kabc. >> i'm here off of bryant street and highway 38 where we're seeing a massive -- i can't reiterate this, a massive police presence. >> reporter: during today's gunfire, two county deputies were shot. >> one of our deputiy eies is injured. unfortunately, one of our deputies passed away. >> reporter: it brought the body count to four at dorner's hand. he began his deadly rampage last sunday with a grizzly double homicide. 28-year-old monica kwan and her fiance keith lawrence shot at close range as they sat in their car. a murder with no apparent motive. the couple had no known enemies.
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kwan was a popular college basketball coach. but she was also the daughter of a retired l.a. police captain, randy kwan. just one of many against whom dorner, an ex-lapd officer himself, held a grudge. >> today we've identified christopher jordan dorner as a suspect in this double homicide. >> reporter: 33-year-old dorner, a lieutenant in the u.s. navy reserves honorably discharged just 11 days ago, had been fired in 2009 from the lapd. he threatened individual officers in an eight-page manifesto against the department that he posted online, and wednesday he attempted, unsuccessfully, to hijack a boat in san diego. >> he pointed a handgun at the victim, who is an 81-year-old male, and demanded the boat. >> reporter: then thursday dorner allegedly shot three police officers in riverside county, killing one and wounding the others. 34-year-old riverside officer michael crain, a married father of two, was killed in the
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attack. police launched the largest manhunt in lapd history, following up on more than 1,000 tips. hundreds of officer crisscrossing the country for days, including efforts in tijuana, mexico, san diego county, and big bear. the possible motive, all spelled out in that online manifesto, where dorner accused specific officers of covering up police brutality by making him the scapegoat. he vowed revenge, writing "when the truth comes out, the killing stops." ariana williams knows dorner better than most. she dated him five years ago and says he was unraveling etch back then, always keeping weapons close by. >> he'd be in the bed and there would be one by the bed. there would be one on the kitchen counter. there may be a combat knife or something that i saw in the bathroom one day or in the kitchen. so there would be several weapons just lying around in my domain and i just thought -- these are things that transpired over time that i thought were strange. >> reporter: one major challenge for authorities, because of his
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police and military training, dorner knew all their methods and tactics. in that manifesto, he even taunted the lapd. "i have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving", he wrote. "i will utilize every bit of training i've been given." it was no idle threat. the last tangible clue where dorner might be, the burnt out hulk of his truck near big bear lake thursday night, but nobody was inside. this video released by "tmz" just yesterday allegedly shows dorner only 48 hours before the murders. he's at a sporting goods shop carrying in two small yellow scuba tanks, as he walks into the scuba section. could he have used them in that burning cabin where he may have taken his final breath? >> they have a very large crime scene to process, and that's what they will begin doing. they have homicide investigation to do, and they will need a
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large number of investigators out there to complete this job. >> reporter: so many questions remain, as authorities now sift through the rubble on big bear mountain. for "nightline," i'm cecilia vega in los angeles. >> a terrifying saga apparently comes to an end. thanks to cecilia vega for that. next up, president obama co calls to an end to gun violence and finds his vision for the future in his first state of the union address since his re-election. [ female announcer ] going to sleep may be easy, but when you wake up
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millions across america interrupted their channel surfing routines tonight to tune in to the state of the union address, 22 days after president obama's inauguration. the two-time commander in chief now shared his vision on where the country stands and where it's headed. abc news's new white house correspondent jim avila has the latest. >> reporter: the president congratulating illinois senator mark kirk for returning to the senate after a stroke. and then a shock. vice president joe biden in glasses, unable to wear his contacts because of a scratched cornea. but for many, the speech itself failed to get really interesting until the final seven minutes, when president obama rode the emotion of ribbons, green, black, and white, worn by more than 40 victims of gun violence, including former arizona congresswoman gabby giffords, emphatically calling on congress
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to at least call a vote on gun control. >> gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tuscan and blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> reporter: but this was a president who heard whispers that he forgot the economy in his second inaugural, emphasizing that despite all the issues that have been thrust upon him, from north korea testing nuclear weapons -- >> provocations of the sort we saw last night will only further isolate them. >> reporter: to a mad gunman invading a country school. it is the economy that will dominate barack obama's second term. >> a growing economy that creates good middle class jobs, that must be the north star that guides our efforts. >> reporter: the president proposing a series of bold actions, from a $50 billion fix
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it first infrastructure program designed to repair as many as 70,000 crumbling bridges around the country. raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2015. and calling for universal preschool education for the nation's 4-year-olds. offeri offering federal funding to make sure low and moderate income children have act says to quality preschool programs. >> it is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country. the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead. no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, or who you love. it is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few. that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child
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across this great nation. >> reporter: president obama championing an agenda where government is used to spark the economy, but aware of criticisms that americans can't afford it. >> nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. it is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad base. >> reporter: the president's opposition immediately accusing him of reckless spending that will hurt the middle class. florida senator marco rubio delivering the gop response in both english and spanish. and after a quick water break, reminding voters that unlike the last republican standard bearer, he is not a multi-millionaire. >> i don't oppose your plans because i want to protect the rich. i oppose your plans because i want to protect my neighbors. >> reporter: there were nods to foreign policy, an official announcement of afghanistan troop withdrawals, 34,000 troops out by february 2014 effectively
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ending the afghanistan war. but in the end, while the economy took upmost of the debate and speech time, it is wounded in the hall who will be remembered. >> it's the end that we're going to remember because of the people in the room and the way he created that arc about give it a vote, i think that's what we'll remember most out of the speech. >> reporter: unless you live on twitter, where fist bumps, vice presidential glasses and water bottles are viral. for "nightline," i'm jim avila on capitol hill. >> thanks to jim avila for reporting on the state of the union address and the twitterverse as well. just ahead, president obama said tonight that victims of gun violence deserve a vote. we meet the woman who emerged a hero in the fort hood massacre and says the president made her a promise he hasn't kept. ] surprise -- your house was built on an ancient burial ground. [ ghosts moaning ] surprise -- your car needs a new transmission. [ coyote howls ] how about no more surprises?
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a sandy hook elementary teacher, the parents of a slain chicago teen tonight at the capitol. these were the people who took the seats of honor next to first lady michelle obama. not long ago, that same seat was held by the police sergeant hailed the hero in the fort hood massacre. but now she's claiming the president has turned his back on her. some of the following images in this story may be difficult to watch. here's brian ross with a "nightline" investigates. >> reporter: in the three years since the attack at fort hood in texas has been forgotten by many. but not by the victims. the people in the army processing room that day who say they have been forgotten and neglected, too. this is what they experienced. terror and chaos that has not been seen publicly until tonight in new footage obtained by abc news, taken moments after the carnage ended. >> everyone is scrambling.
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it's chaos. >> a few seconds after he started shooting is when i took a round to the chest. >> there was a lot of heroes that day, heros that stayed on the scene and rendered aid to the victims. >> 13 people killed including a pregnant soldier and 32 shot. none of them received the medical and financial benefits gich those wound or killed in war. because the military, to the outrage of the victims, has apparently deemed this workplace violence. >> it's no different than an insurgent in iraq or afghanistan trying to kill us. >> reporter: the accused shooter identified in this photo by three of the victims allegedly shouted "allahakbar" as he shot. >> he was not through. he had over 177 rounds still
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left on his person. >> reporter: she was hit three times and seriously injured, became known across the country as a hero. even as she was still recovering, the white house arranged a hero's welcome for her and her partner at the state of the union address three years ago. but now she says she feels she was used. >> betrayal would be a good word. >> reporter: monday told abc news the president broke the promise made to her that all the victims and her families would be well-taken care of. so when he told you we're going to take care of you, that did not turn out to be true? >> no. >> jimmy: what would you say to the president? >> if i were to see him again, again, it's not about me, but i would just beg him, to please take care of us.
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>> reporter: at the heart of what has outraged them and led them to file this lawsuit is the military's decision not to award purple hearts and its insistence on calling the shooting workplace violence. despite major hasan's documented communications with the al qaeda leader who has since been killed in a u.s. drone strike. >> it was clearly an act of terrorism that occurred that day. there's no question in my mind. and i think the victims should be treated as such. >> reporter: one of the victims, who still has bullets lodged in his body, says he has lost almost $70,000 in benefits otherwise available to those with combat-related injuries. >> i mean, basically, they're treating us like i was downtown and got hit by a car. >> reporter: initially, an army review board did classify manning's injuries as combat related. but that was then overruled by higher-ups in the army. >> i never would have thought
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that they would have basically neglected the people that were killed and wounded that day. >> reporter: staff sergeant alonzo lunsford was shot seven times and blinded in one eye. there are some bullets still in his body. as he saw where he was shot -- >> i saw my blood. >> reporter: he told us he still suffers every day from the physical and emotional pain of what he says was no different than being in a war zone. >> it's a slap in the face. not for me, but for all of the 32 that were in uniform that day. >> reporter: some of the other victims from that day say they've had to go outside the military to get proper medical care. >> we had stories of soldiers who were forced to go -- had their parents find civilian doctors to get them proper medical treatment. >> reporter: among those named in the lawsuit is the secretary of the army who told abc news he was unaware of the soldiers'